Weather Flight: keeping an eye on the horizon

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  • By Heidi Hunt
  • 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
Whether hot or cold; wet or dry; calm or stormy; clear or cloudy, the 509th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight team supports the mission, and ensures the safety of Team Whiteman by protecting personnel and assets at all times.

The weather flight team creates tailored forecasts to ensure the safety of pilots flying out of Whiteman. They also provide notification should inclement weather occur here or during a flight.

"If storms should move into or around the area, we relay that information to pilots in the air to ensure safety, both in the air and on the ground," said Staff Sgt. Amy Dynan, 509th OSS weather forecaster.

The weather flight mission also involves force protection, requiring them to respond to inclement weather and advisories.

"If there is lightning within 50 nautical miles of the station, we inform pilots and key personnel," said Tech. Sgt. Ryan Watts, 509th OSS weather forecaster.

Providing real time weather updates allows the pilots to better perform their mission, which aids them in avoiding hazardous conditions and damaging assets, said Senior Airman Heather Rieck, 509th OSS weather forecaster.

In addition to analyzing weather conditions, the weather specialist team is always preparing for upcoming inspections and weather challenges associated with the changing weather seasons. Their hard work and due-diligence has paid off as the team was recognized as Air Force Global Strike Command's Weather Flight of the Year Awards for 2010 and 2011.

"In order to complete the mission as a team, we work together to provide information for all of Whiteman AFB," said Senior Airman Franklyn Kapuchuck, 509th OSS weather forecaster.